Linda Lysakowski is one of approximately one hundred professionals worldwide to hold the Advanced Certified Fund Raising Executive designation. Linda had an eleven-year career in banking before entering the nonprofit world. With more than thirty years in the development field, she worked for a university and a museum before starting her own consulting firm. In her twenty-five years as a philanthropic consultant, Linda has managed capital campaigns that have raised more than $50 million, helped hundreds of nonprofit organizations achieve their development goals, and trained more than forty thousand development professionals in Canada, Mexico, Egypt, Bermuda, and most of the fifty United States.

A graduate of Alvernia University with majors in Banking and Finance, Theology/Philosophy, and a minor in Communications.  As a graduate of AFP’s Faculty Training Academy, she is a Master Teacher.

Linda is the author of Recruiting and Training Fundraising Volunteers, The Development Plan, Fundraising as a Career: What, Are You Crazy?, Capital Campaigns: Everything You NEED to Know, Are You Ready for a Capital Campaign workbook, Raise More Money from Your Business Community, Raise More Money from Your Business Community—The Workbook, Fundraising for the GENIUS, 1st and 2nd editions, The Matriarch (a novel) and The Face of Jesus.

She is also coauthor of The Essential Nonprofit Fundraising Handbook, The Leaky Bucket: What’s Wrong with Your Fundraising…And How You Can Fix It, The New Donor, Nonprofit Strategic Planning, Quick Guide to Developing Your Case for Support, Quick Guide to Creating Your Development Plan, and Board Bound Leadership. She is also a contributing author to The Fundraising Feasibility Study—It’s Not About the Money, YOU and Your Nonprofit Board, and co-editor of The Nonprofit Consulting Playbook and YOU and Your Nonprofit.

Linda served on the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy board for two terms and on the Professional Advancement Division for AFP, and is past president of the Eastern PA and Sierra (NV) AFP chapters. She has received the Outstanding Fundraiser of the Year award from the Eastern PA, Las Vegas, and Sierra (NV) chapters of AFP, was honored with the Barbara Marion Award for Outstanding Service to AFP, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Las Vegas AFP Chapter.

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Who Develops and Implements the Plan?

So, how does the busy development officer find time for planning and who will implement the plan once it’s done? By involving the right people in developing the plan and then implementing it, the development office can move forward in a timely manner and provide a framework for evaluating all their programs. Many times, we…

Do You Need a Written Development Plan?

How many times has a well-meaning board member or volunteer come to one of your board meetings and offered this sage advice—“We should do a (golf tournament, gala dinner dance, art auction, walkathon, etc., etc.) because (the scouts, the hospital, a local church, etc., etc.) did one and raised $100,000?” Before the meeting ends, the…

Develop Your Case to Inform and Shape all Your Fundraising Activities

Sometimes development professionals only think about the importance of having a case for support when they are preparing to launch a capital campaign. However, you need a case for support for all your fundraising activities. The reason for having the case in place before creating any materials—brochure, website, grant proposals, speeches, PowerPoints, DVDs, and more—is…

Do your prospective donors really know who you are?

Telling the reader who you are is a key component of your case for support. Start by creating a strategic plan. I break it down for you. Let's get started.

How Do You Get the Information You Need for Your Case for Support?

Take a deep breath, step back, and listen. That’s the first thing you’ll do. Ask open-ended questions. Don’t suggest answers—this their time, not yours. And never put words in their mouths. What if you don’t agree with what they are saying? Keep taking notes. This is their time and you need to hear their perspectives.

Develop Your Case for Support

Sometimes development professionals only think about the importance of having a case for support when they are preparing to launch a capital campaign. However, you need a case for support for all your fundraising activities.